Navigation Tabs in side-menu

Originally written by Bean on 2008-11-13.

Hello there. I learned the hard way that it’s easier to do things right than twice. So here goes: I’m looking for a way to avoid navigating to new pages and thus confusing the user. I’d like to go from the login page to a “Workspace” with a side-menu and a main-content section. By side-menu, I really mean tabs that have forms and lists on them for interacting with the backend models. Right now, I’ve got way-too-much content in the side menu to make for good design. What I really want is to hide and show the forms under a tab menu. That way, the user can easily see where the features live, but aren’t overwhelmed with too much at once. If a user selects an item on the list, I want the content page to appear in the main section of the workspace. Right now, selecting an item off the lists navigates to a whole new page.

I’ve looked at Paoldona’s rails-widgets plugin and it seems to provide this kind of functionality. At the same time, I would be adding complexity to my app (additional CSS to style, for example). There must be a good way to nest <navigation> and <page> tags in the side menu. Also, there must be a DRYML way to redirect to the content <section> (or div, or partial, or whatever’s best). It seems like I need to redefine the <cards> in application.DRYML and point the list-item links to the main-section rather their own pages. I’m not exactly sure how to do that either. Any help would be GREATLY appreciated.

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Regards, Paul

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